First Theme Park on the West Coast powered by Solar is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California, in partnership with sPower and Borrego Solar Systems, made the official switch to solar power at a special event to kick off the park’s 12th annual Holiday in the Park, the first to be powered by renewable energy. The event included remarks by Congressman Mike Thompson and Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan, who flipped the giant, ceremonial switch, officially flipping the park to solar energy, and turning on millions of twinkling lights to the delight of everyone in attendance. Moving forward, 80% of the park’s energy usage will be powered by one of the largest solar carport installations in the country.
“We are thrilled to be introducing the nation’s first solar powered Holiday in the Park events. The marvellous wonder of this special time of year truly comes alive in our parks with a smorgasbord of seasonal delights to see and experience,” said Senior Vice President of US Park Operations Tom Iven. “Our elves go all out to deck the largest halls, trim the tallest trees and turn millions of lights on extra bright to welcome our guests to the biggest and most immersive holiday celebration anywhere in the world. No one else but Six Flags could offer beautiful, falling snow on cue, scrumptious treats, dashing thrill rides, and the chance to make special memories with Santa and Bugs Bunny. A visit to Holiday in the Park is on everyone’s wish list this season.”
The solar installation is a 7.5 megawatt solar carport built over the main guest parking lot. It will produce 11.9 million kilowatt hours of energy annually and will offset 8,400 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year, which is the same as taking 1,800 cars off the road.